Wednesday, April 23, 2003

The lesson of the Dixie Chicks

I agree with others that it is a good sign that the Dixie Chicks and Michael Moore are still coming out on top in the political correctness wars, at least as far as popularity is concerned (the Chicks and Moore are still #1 on their respective lists). That, unfortunately, is not the threat from the "chill wind" effect that Tim Robbins talked about. What is threatening is the monolithic control of the media that could impede the future ability of people like the Chicks or Moore to make a living. Clear Channel would have banned the Chicks outright if they hadn't issued an apology. That a group as successful as the Chicks couldn't even stand up to that kind of intimidation proves that Clear Channel has to much power.

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